The Burnley Tornados host annual presentation evening.

Burnley Tornados. (s)
Burnley Tornados. (s)

THE Burnley Tornados American Football Team have hosted their annual presentation evening.

Held at Koko’s the event was a celebration of the successes of the team for the past season.

Players, coaches, staff, family, friends and the club sponsors – Furnimax of Accrington, all turned out for the evening.

Medals were awarded for MVPs (Most Valuable Player) at each of the tournaments, with special mention for all who played at the Doncaster tournament.

The annual awards were presented by coaches and staff to Mark Halton (most improved player), Dom Newman (players’ player), Xavier Sutcliffe (defence), Matty Brammer (offence), Cameron Stewart (most valuable player) and chairman Ivan Jackson presented his trophy to Anthony Tither.

The highlight of the evening was the retiring of shirt numbers for the original players from 2008 who have now left the Tornados.

Pictured are Cameron Stewart, Matty Brammer, Xavier Sutcliffe and Ben Freeman who have now moved up to play for Lancashire Colts.

The retiring of numbers is the highest accolade that can be awarded to a player and it is due to their dedication and commitment to the club and the sport.

The Tornados are building on these successes and look forward to the future, with new team captains – Phil Robins, Lewis Freeman and Anthony Tither.

If anyone is interested in playing for the Tornados, the club operates on a small subscription service and kit is loaned, they are invited to a training session on Saturdays from 10-30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Prairie playing fields.

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